New reply from Thomasstreit

<p>Congratulations on purchasing blueberry bushes! Taking good care of them in their early years is crucial for their long-term health and productivity. Here are some tips to help you give your blueberry bushes a good start in life:</p>
<p>Soil pH: Blueberries prefer acidic soil with a pH between 4.5 and 5.5. Coffee grounds can indeed help lower the pH of the soil. You can use them as a mulch or incorporate them into the soil in your pots. However, be cautious not to overdo it, as excessive acidity can harm the plants. It's recommended to mix coffee grounds with other organic matter, such as compost, to create a well-balanced soil mix.</p>
<p>Fertilizers: Blueberries have specific nutrient requirements, so using the right fertilizers is important. Look for a fertilizer specifically formulated for acid-loving plants or for blueberries. These fertilizers usually contain higher levels of sulfur and iron, which are essential for blueberry growth and development. Follow the instructions on the fertilizer package for application rates and timing.</p>
<p>Watering: Blueberries require consistent moisture, especially during their establishment phase. Keep the soil evenly moist, but avoid overwatering, as blueberries are sensitive to waterlogged conditions. Check the moisture level by inserting your finger into the soil to a depth of about an inch. If it feels dry, water the plants thoroughly.</p>

Original Post by Derrick


<p>I have bought some blueberry bushes, now I want to give them a good start in life</p>
<p>I have bought all the right fertilizers, they are going into pots for their first year of life and will come inside for the winter</p>
<p>I have been told that coffee grounds help the soil become more acid, I use it on my plants outside, they did very well this year (I do drink a lot of coffee)</p>
<p>So would it help them in pots and being indoors ?</p>
<p>I have several varieties of blueberries</p>
<p><strong><em>I would like to get a soil test kit, just to see what the soil is like in my garden, any suggestions ?</em></strong></p>
<p>(This year I grew a lot of wild flowers, they tok over the top half of my garden, there was a lot of weds, so they have all gone in the compost bin now, along with the grass cuttings, it will be there a year or more I guess, I hope it all rots down well)</p>
<p>Oh, well have a good autumn, not too wet, not too dry</p>


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